The Hochstein Alumni Orchestra will perform Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1 with soloist Brooke Hettinga and Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B Minor during a free concert at 8 p.m. Jan. 6 in Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester.
The 40-member orchestra was created in 2010 as a reunion of musicians with connections to Hochstein. It reunites each year to present free, high-quality concerts.
“The Hochstein School has a deep history of giving to the community,” conductor Evan Meccarello said. “We see these free concerts as a way of giving back. With them, we honor Hochstein and we further its mission of bringing music to the Greater Rochester community.”
Hettinga, of Webster, was born into a musical family; her parents, Wesley and Shannon Nance, are musicians with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She started playing French horn at 7 years old. She was a member of the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra, Hochstein Philharmonia and several chamber ensembles and took dance and French horn lessons at Hochstein in her early years. She is currently working on her Bachelor of Fine Arts as a senior at Carnegie Mellon University under the instruction of William Caballero. She is principal horn of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra and enjoys collaborating with other musicians in the greater Pittsburgh area. Hettinga has attended the Masterworks Festival, the National Orchestral Institute and the National Repertory Orchestra.
Meccarello, of Canandaigua, is founder and director of the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra. He has led the group in performances of Rochester composers and showcased talented musicians from around western New York. He was a member of the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra in high school, serving as co-concertmaster and apprentice conductor. He earned his Master of Music in orchestral conducting at Bowling Green State University, where he led performances with its philharmonia and chorale society, and was music director for a one-act opera. He conducted at the long-running festival of the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at Bowling Green. Meccarello has conducted the Berlin-Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra in Germany, Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra, University of Toledo Symphony Orchestra and the Greater Buffalo Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has participated in summer festivals held around western New York, as well as in Tanglewood and Spoleto, Italy.
Donations will benefit Hochstein, and there will be a reception after the concert.
For more information, visit hochstein.org.